The following email was recently sent out to members of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford:
Sometime between last Wednesday, 5th, and yesterday Sunday 9th, about
two and a half tons of lead roofing was stripped from the top of the
building on the outside of the deer park (at the southern, Holywell St
junction end, near the small tower in our wall) on Longwall St. This is
the Conservation Studio library, owned by Merton.
If you saw anything, such as a lorry loading up, please let me know and
I will pass on the information to Merton who are in contact with the Police.
A few thoughts come to mind.
Firstly, the fact that someone was able to steal two and a half tons of anything is impressive enough.
Secondly, the fact that someone was able to do this without arousing any suspicion is almost unbelievable.
But, thirdly, the fact that this two-and-a-half-ton roof was gone for five days before anyone happened to notice? That, my friend, is the sort of thing could only happen in Oxford.
Hat tip to Florence Yoon.